hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 092013


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced, the technician discovered that the noise barrier was rusting from the inside out. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Aurora, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 122014

Jetta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the rear of the vehicle began swaying independently. The contact, who was a licensed mechanic, inspected the vehicle and discovered that the rear driver's side axle bracket was rusted and became fractured. The dealer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, declined to provide the contact an alternative remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000. Updated 06/10/14 updated 06/13/2014

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #1

Oct 302008


  • 84,000 miles
I have had 27 things break or fail on my 03vw Jetta 1.8T. I bought the car used in 01/06 with 32,000 miles. After buying the car the first five mins the window shattered. First two months 2 tires blew out, front rim cracked, back tires out of alignment. Dealer paid to fix rim broke 2 weeks later the dealer paid fo used set of similar rims. Every light inside and out went out by 05/06 driver seat wont raise up cargo net in trunk falls apart dealer wont cover. Gas and trunk release buttons fell down inside of door. Radio stopped working front door speakers are shorting out. Driver window switch goes up when you push down and down when you push down have to fiddle with it for it to go up. Exhaust hanger broke causing chatter. Swaybar bushing fell out causing grinding and shaking when ever moving. Not cover by warranty all these happened by 05/07. Now its 10/08 and I have 84,000 miles. Current problems are rear spoiler brake light hangs down(dealer just glued it in place lasted about 4 months) cam and crank seals leaking oil cause odor inside of cabin. If I drive for more then an hour I get sick and light-headed. Seat, cargo net in trunk, is still broken. Radio still isn't fixed so I just went and bought an after market. Speakers still shortening out only when its cold out. Keyless entry only works within 4ft of the car. In the winter the car only gets 18mpg on the highway and about 14 in the city and the car is parked in a heated underground garage.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

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